Monmouth Day Care Recognizes Honorees at Its Jubilee Celebration This June

Posted on May 10, 2019 By

Monmouth Park Charity Fund and United Methodist Church of Red Bank will be honored at the Monmouth Day Care Center’s (MDCC) 50th Celebration on June 8, 2019, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., at the Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane, Middletown, NJ 07748.

 The public, including local businesses, past board members, MDCC alumni and their parents, community partners, and long-time supporters are invited to celebrate. Tickets cost $175.00 each and include hors d’oeuvres, open bar, carving stations, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and more.

Heidi Zaentz, executive director of MDCC, said, “The United Methodist Church of Red Bank is where we began. They provided us space for one classroom in the basement of the church in 1969.  We eventually grew too large for the space and moved into our current residence on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. 

“What I love about the church, is that even though we moved out, they have always supported us. Year after year, the church donates money to Monmouth Day Care Center.  And one of our most special bonds with the church is The Backpack Crew, a new partnership housed inside the church. They provide food on the weekends for seven of our neediest families. We’ve come full circle with them and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

Zaentz said, “The Monmouth Park Charity Fund has been including MDCC in their grant distribution since almost the beginning. What I love so much about them is they help many nonprofits with diverse missions in Monmouth County.  The Monmouth Park Charity Fund is an asset to Monmouth Day Care Center and we appreciate their support year after year.”

The proceeds will benefit Monmouth Day Care Center programs, students, and families. Purchase tickets and sponsorships at Sponsorships range from $1000 to $15000.  For more information visit or contact Amy Thomas at

Monmouth Day Care Center serves families with diverse socio-economic backgrounds from more than 25 local communities.  MDDC offers scholarships and fees on a sliding scale for families who qualify.  Families who do not qualify for government support but cannot afford the full cost of care receive tuition assistance based on a sliding scale fee due to substantial community fundraising efforts of the Board. Call 732-741-4313 with questions or for more information.

About Monmouth Day Care Center:  Monmouth Day Care Center, a nonprofit licensed by the State of New Jersey, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., has eight classrooms; two playgrounds; a multi-purpose room that also serves as an indoor gym;  a library; and provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children from two months to five years old, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, who come from families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds can attend full- or part-time. Contracts for tuition are maintained with the Division of Family Development, including Work First New Jersey Program and New Jersey Cares for Kids.


Alpha School to Promote New Principal in July

Posted on May 9, 2019 By

John Gonzalez, East Brunswick, a supervisor of instruction at Alpha School, Jackson, N.J., one of three RKS Associates private special education schools approved by the N.J. Department of Education for students with special needs and disabilities, will become the principal of the Alpha School this July, replacing Principal Monica DeTuro who is retiring after 20 years as principal.

Gonzalez, who joined the Alpha School staff in 2018, brings 17 years of experience working with exceptional children in the Jersey City Public Schools. Gonzalez received his B.S. in Management from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in 2000; and a M.A. in Special Education and Educational Leadership from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, in 2006.

The Alpha, Harbor, and Gateway schools each offer a twelve-month program with a wide range of services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy; counseling; music; computers; physical education; and vocational training. 

For more information or for school enrollment questions, Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.              

About RKS Associates and the Harbor School: RKS Associates, made up of The Harbor School, Eatontown; Alpha School, Jackson; and the Gateway School, Carteret, provides a twelve-month program of education, and therapeutic and behavioral support for children from many New Jersey counties and more than 70 school districts who have challenges, such as being multiple disabled; cognitively impaired; and have autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury; behavioral disorders, or other health impairments, such as multiple disabilities, cognitive impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400); Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394)


Home Health Care Company Opens Newest Branch in Jersey City

Posted on May 9, 2019 By

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), with headquarters in Eatontown, N.J., opened a home health care branch in Jersey City, New Jersey, at 26 Journal Square, Suite 1002.  

PHHC, which has locations throughout New Jersey, several in Pennsylvania, and one in Delaware, provides a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care. PHHC, accredited by CHAP* (Community Health Accreditation Partner), works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, visit or contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at 732-547-9886 or

*an accrediting organization for the home health care industry


#1 Ellen Stone, Education Dir. for Preferred; Lisa Gallicchio, Dir. of Community Relations;

Angie Bonelli, Community Liaison

#2 Steven Chencharik, Branch Mgr.; Joel Markel, President and CEO of Preferred; Nina Collins, Dir. Nursing

#3 Steven Chencharik, Branch Mgr.; Nina Collins, Dir. Nursing; Joyce Waterman, Councilwoman-at-Large; Joel Markel, President and CEO of Preferred; Lisa Gallicchio, Dir. of Community Relations

#4 Councilwoman Joyce Waterman interviewed and Joel Markel, President and CEO of Preferred on the City of Newark’s TV station about Preferred and the services that are offered

About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.  Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home.

PHHC has 14 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters, Main Street, Eatontown; Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; Toms River; and Wyckoff Road, Eatontown. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at for more information.     


Assemblyman Ned Thomson to Speak at May 17 Ocean ELC Meeting

Posted on May 9, 2019 By

Assemblyman Ned Thomson, 30th Legislative District, will be discussing NJ’s fiscal situation and the upcoming budget battle at the Ocean County ELC (Employer Legislative Committee) meeting and breakfast Friday, May 17, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 815 Route 37 West, Toms River, N.J. Assemblyman. 

Assemblyman Thomson serves as a member of the Assembly Budget, Education and Telecommunications and Utilities Committees.

Frank Robinson, VP of NJBIA (NJ Business and Industry Association) will be updating attendees about business-related topics from Trenton and their affect on businesses and the local community. 

The registration fee, including a buffet breakfast, is $20.00. R.S.V.P. to mpangelini@ or call 908-309-5395. Pay at the door or mail checks, payable to Ocean ELC, to Mary Pat Angelini, P.O. Box 517, Oakhurst, N.J. 07755.

The Ocean County ELC is sponsored by Holman Frenia Allison, PC; New Jersey Natural Gas, and NorthStar Strategies in partnership with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

About Assemblyman Edward H. “Ned” Thomson, Assemblyman Thomson, a lifelong resident of Monmouth County, began his legislative career in 2017 and was subsequently re-elected in the fall of that year.  He represents 14 towns in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Prior to joining the Legislature, Assemblyman Thomson was Trustee of the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) for more than 20 years.  He also served on the Wall Township Committee for a decade where he was twice elected Mayor.  In addition, he was a member of the Wall Township Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.

An enrolled actuary, Assemblyman Thomson is the owner of E.H. Thomson & Company, Inc. Consulting Actuaries where he administers more than 500 pension plans.  He is a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries and a member of the Society of Pension Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries.  He is also a certified Continuing Education provider for the New Jersey Board of Accountancy and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.

Assemblyman Thomson is an experienced pilot who volunteers with Angel Flights which provides free trips for patients with serious illnesses for treatment at hospitals.  In addition, he volunteers for the Junior Olympics and other major youth and intercollegiate sailing events and is a race official with U.S. Sailing.

Assemblyman Thomson attended Neptune High School and Blair Academy and continued his education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the College of Insurance.  He has three grown children and resides in Wall Township with his wife.

About ELC: Employer Legislative Committees: The ELCs, established by NJBIA in 1959, are independent, local organizations representing all 21 counties. At each meeting, legislators, cabinet members or local officials will discuss important issues pertinent to business. Attendees also receive a briefing from one of NJBIA’s government affairs experts on legislative and regulatory issues affecting employers.   About NJBIA:  The New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Trenton, N.J., provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Its members, as a group, employ more than one million people and represents every industry in the state, including contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind. Visit for more information.  


Whole Beauty Bar Opens in Forked River

Posted on May 6, 2019 By

Everyone knows that beauty is more than skin deep. At the new Whole Beauty Bar Wellness Studio and Spa, Forked River, 44 Manchester Avenue, Suite K, you will find services and products that focus on ALL of you – inside and out – even for those experiencing the side effects of cancer treatments.

 At the official opening of Whole Beauty Bar, Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. meet the owner Caroline Dorick, Pine Beach, a licensed esthetician who is also oncology certified to treat men and women suffering from the side effects of various cancer treatments, such as dryness, loss of elasticity, and rashes, among other issues.

At the opening, guests can tour the new studio; see a treatment demo; and get a complimentary skin care consultation. They can also enjoy light refreshments, eprizes, raffles, gift bags, and a book signing with Chef Brian Dorick. At 1:00 p.m. Forked River Mayor McDonald and a representative of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, among other officials, will cut the ribbon.

A 1992 graduate of Manalapan High School, Manalapan, N.J., Dorick attended Stockton University, Pomona, studying criminal justice. Prior to opening the Beauty Bar, Dorick worked as an esthetician in Toms River, providing skincare, makeup, and facials, among others services.

Dorick was inducted into the National Who’s Who of Distinguished Professionals and awarded the Woman of Excellence for 2015.  In 2017, Women of Distinction magazine recognized Dorick as a leading authority in the beauty industry. She became a founding member of the Esthetics Council in 2019. Dorick is a member of the Greater Toms River Chamber and the Small Business Association.

About Whole Beauty Bar – Whole Beauty Bar provides holistic care, inside and outside. All products are cruelty and gluten free; vegan; 98-100 percent natural; organic; fragrance free; and eco-friendly. Hours: Mon to Fri 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday by appointment only. Call 609-339 2553.  For more information visit or email



Summertime at the Shore — It’s Not Official until Chamber’s Kickoff!

Posted on May 3, 2019 By

The start of summer with all its sun and fun is not considered official until the Jersey Shore Chamber’s Summer Kickoff event at four Shore hotspots on Friday, May 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The 5th Annual Summer Kickoff hosted by the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce (JSCC), Wall Township, N.J., is open to the public. Attendees can either take a luxury bus for a total of $10 or drive to a location where they can enjoy a free, light buffet at Klein’s Fish Market, 708 River Rd, Belmar, 1:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Fratello’s Italian Restaurant & Lounge, 810 The Plaza, Sea Girt, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.; River Rock Restaurant & Marina Bar, 1600 NJ-70, Brick Township, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.; and Oasis Pool & Day Club at The Headliner, 1401 NJ-35, Neptune City, 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

Each location will either offer a cash bar or drink specials. Included throughout the event are also prizes and giveaways; social media exposure; and a professional photographer and videographer.

Kellyann Skorupski, chairwoman of the Summer Kickoff and co-owner of Chores with Stephanie Marsh, said, “The event is set up as a very informal and exciting networking event. Visiting four of our chamber’s restaurants brings them additional exposure as they, too, kickoff the summer season.”

For sponsorships and packages, ranging from $2500 to $50, and bus tickets, visit or call Evelyn Mars, executive director of the JSCC, at 732-280-8800.


Lakewood Arbor Day Celebration May 3

Posted on May 1, 2019 By

The public is invited to Lakewood Township’s Arbor Day celebration and tree plantings sponsored by Lakewood Township and the Lakewood Shade Tree Commission, Friday, May 3, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., at Lake Carasaljo Band Shell area, North Lake Dive, Lakewood.

At the ceremony, with help from the Lakewood Public Works Department, officials will plant three Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Trees (Botanical Name: Prunus Snofozam Snow Fountains). These ornamental cherry trees traditional grow to be eight to 15 feet tall and have a canopy that spread six to eight feet wide.

Arbor Day, first celebrated in 1872 in the United States, encourages individuals and groups to plant trees because of their environmental importance.  Lakewood has been awarded “Tree City USA” for the past 36 years for its outstanding urban forestry, having planted hundreds of trees over the years.

Craig Theibault, vice chairman of the Shade Tree Commission, said, “The members of the Shade Tree Commission hope you will be able to attend as we celebrate Arbor Day and help beautiful the grounds of this wonderful scenic area in our township.”

Shade Tree Commission members include Chairman Zev Stern, Vice Chairman Craig Theibault, Tzvi Gordon, Raphael Miller, Moshe Raitzik, and Mary Kay Malec, secretary. The alternate Shade Tree Commission members are Akiva Silverstein and Abraham Neuhaus.

For more information, contact Craig Theibault at 908-278-4165.


N.J. Health Care Networking Group to Meet May 8

Posted on April 16, 2019 By

The monthly meeting of N.J. Health Care Networking Group, a free organization for anyone in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services, is Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Chamberlain University College of Nursing, 630 US 1, North Brunswick Township 08902.

The N.J. Health Care Networking Group provides an opportunity to build relationships among health care professionals, market events, and promote business. Membership is free; however, register to take advantage of member benefits, such as posting to N.J. Health Care Networking Group’s website all health care and marketing events, training information, employment listings, and access to a member directory. For more information about N.J. Health Care Networking Group, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, at, call 732-547-9886, or visit for the monthly location and member events. Meetings take place in a different New Jersey county each month.


Music Producer, Rocker Tony Visconti to Appear at Georgian Court University

Posted on April 15, 2019 By

Lakewood, N.J., (April 12, 2019)— Georgian Court University, in conjunction with the Strand Theater, will host a special seminar and Q&A session with famed music producer Tony Visconti on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus.

Visconti will be in Lakewood to conduct two songs with the Terra Nova Orchestra as part of the Strawbs 50th Anniversary weekend, slated for Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. Mr. Visconti also has written new orchestral scores for Sandy Denny’s “Who Knows Where The Time Goes,” first recorded with Strawbs, and “Oh How She Changed,” the 1969 single by Strawbs. The lifelong producer, arranger, musician, mixer, and exemplary collaborator is considered to be among the greatest and most genuine musical souls of the industry.

During his seminar and Q&A at Georgian Court, Visconti will speak about his historic career and what it was like to work with artists like David Bowie, T Rex, The Moody Blues, Strawbs and many others. A question and answer period will follow the Saturday morning discussion at Georgian Court.

Tickets are available at for $25 per person. In addition, tickets for Strawbs 50th Anniversary shows are available at

About Tony Visconti: Tony Visconti, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been described as one of the most important producers in the history of rock. “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” and “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex are true cornerstones of rock and roll, and David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” “Heroes” and “The Man Who Sold The World” are masterpieces. The Moody Blues’ “Your Wildest Dreams” and “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” are indelibly etched into rock’s collective memory.

In 2017, Mr. Visconti received two Grammys for David Bowie’s Blackstar as Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Alternative Music Album. That same year, he received three MPG Awards in London: Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, International Producer of the Year; and as producer on the UK Album of the Year for Blackstar.

Previously, Mr. Visconti produced Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy-winning Djin Djin, featuring guest artists Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Joss Stone and Ziggy Marley; the work earned him a Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Visconti also had a #1 release with Morrissey’s solo album, Ringleader of the Tormentors, just a year earlier!

His 2009 autobiography, Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy (Harper Collins UK) is an evocative, brilliant overview of his musical beginnings, and adventures in London with David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Thin Lizzy and Paul McCartney and so much more.

The Visconti style is versatile and mercurial, vis-à-vis Thin Lizzy, Luscious Jackson, The Strawbs, U2, Fall Out Boy, Alejandro Escovedo, Gentle Giant, Mercury Rev, Sparks, Badfinger, The Alarm, D-Generation, Kristeen Young and Elaine Paige, the queen of British musical theater.

About Georgian Court University: Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,400 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35 undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. In 2018, GCU was named a Best College for Your Money by Money Magazine. GCU has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Colleges of Distinction and was one of about 100 colleges nationwide that made Phi Theta Kappa’s 2018 Transfer Honor Roll. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, GCU at Cumberland, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs. # # #

Contact(s): Ray Coles at 732.691.9989 or

Gail H. Towns Marketing & Communications, Georgian Court University, 732.987.2266 or 732.492.6957


National Police Defense Foundation to Honor Local Resident Craig McGraw

Posted on April 11, 2019 By

The National Police Defense Foundation (NPDF), a 501(c)(3), will honor Craig McGraw, Marlboro, the vice president of sales and marketing for Trans American Trucking & Warehouse, South Plainfield, N.J., with its Distinguished Member of the Year Award at NPDF’s 2019 Annual Awards Dinner, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Russo’s on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, New York 11414.

McGraw, devoted to community and charitable programs, is receiving the award in recognition of his many accomplishments as a NPDF delegate and his volunteer work on behalf of non-profit organizations. He is a member of NPDF’s Operation Kids charitable program that helps fund surgery for underprivileged children.

McGraw serves on the board of Team Walker, a nonprofit in Jersey City founded by Seton Hall University basketball legend Jerry Walker, to provide inner city children with a safe and secure environment to study and participate in athletics, surrounded by positive role models.

McGraw also serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Western Monmouth County where he coordinates the “Occupy the Block” party for Freehold Borough. Sponsored by the NPDF, “Occupy the Block” encourages positive ways in which community children can interact with police.

McGraw’s other honors include being named one of the 2015 “Forty under 40” award winners by NJBIZ, a New Jersey business news publication because of his outstanding contributions and commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and community. He also received the Arts & Science Good and Faithful Servant Award from Seton Hall University.

Trans American Trucking & Warehouse established in 1976, provides customers throughout the United States and Canada with transportation, warehousing, packing and export services.

McGraw earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University in 2005. In 2010, he became Trans American’s national sales director responsible for meeting with customers and potential customers in the lower 48 states and Canada; supervising the sales team; and keeping the website, social media and marketing materials current.

Tickets cost $125 and include a cocktail hour, open bar, dinner, and entertainment. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 877-325 KIDS to purchase tickets. The proceeds will benefit NPDF programs, such as Operation Kids, lifesaving medical treatments for critically ill children; a free child fingerprint program; scholarships, and Project Pedophile, among others.

About Trans American Trucking & Warehouse: Trans American, 115 St. Nicholas Avenue, South Plainfield, N.J., ships within the contiguous United States and Canada. The company was one of the first Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) certified carriers. Trans American workers hold the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). The company is a member in good standing of the Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA), the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) and the NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association.

Other 2019 Honorees include Operation Kids Humanitarian Awards: Hon. David Paterson, 55th New York Governor; Francesca M. Teconi, President Children’s Skin Disease Foundation; Person of the Year: Chief Paul M. Cell, President International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); Lifetime Achievement Award: NYPD Deputy Commissioner Joseph Reznick; and President’s Award: Patrick P. O’Carroll, Executive Director Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

Mission of the National Police Defense Foundation The National Police Defense Foundation (NPDF) provides medical and legal support services to the law enforcement community, and funds a variety of public safety and law enforcement initiatives.

The NPDF membership exceeds over 200,000 members and supporters worldwide. The basic mission statement of the National Police Defense Foundation is to “Protect & Support” the efforts of law enforcement. This is being accomplished through the important medical and legal support services provided the national law enforcement community, as well as several NPDF law enforcement programs involving public safety and child safety programs.